The Tires on Your Car: Alignment, Rotation and Tread

tires on your carKeeping the tires on your car in good condition is a simple but important part of car maintenance. If the tires don’t provide good traction, you won’t be able to start, stop or steer your vehicle as quickly, which can make it harder to avoid accidents. 

To make sure the tires on your car are in good shape, you need to monitor the alignment, rotation and tread on the tires.

The tires on your car are in proper alignment if the two front wheels stay parallel to each other at all times and if the rear wheels each point straight ahead without turning — no matter how slightly — to the left or right.

If any one tire is out of alignment, it will constantly try to pull the car in a different direction. The pull may not be severe enough to notice when driving, but it will result in the tire wearing out more quickly and having uneven tread. A good repair shop can test your car’s alignment and straighten out any problems.

Tire rotation involves moving the front tires to the back axle and the back tires to the front axle. Occasionally, tires are also rotated between the left and right sides of the vehicle. Rotating the tires periodically — every 6,000 miles or so — ensures that the tread wears out evenly, which means the tires last longer and maintain better traction.

If the tread on a tire becomes too worn, it can lose traction. Low tread can cause dangerous hydroplaning on wet roads, or it can cause your car to slide around or get stuck when the roads are icy.

If the tread wears out faster on one tire or on one part of a tire, it can indicate a problem with the alignment or suspension. It’s a good idea to check the tire tread when looking over a used car.

Of course, with a short-term lease, you may never need to replace the tires on your car. To get into a new lease vehicle or get out of your current lease, contact us at

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